Massachusetts Students Meet Rep. Kennedy

Massachusetts Students Meet Rep. Kennedy

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James Liska
June 06, 2013

On Thursday, June 6th, TWC students from Massachusetts had a chance to sit down with Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III to discuss public policy. Rep. Kennedy represents Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, which is in southern Massachusetts and incorporates part of the South Coast of Massachusetts. Rep. Kennedy, who is the grandson of former U.S. Senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (and the grand-nephew of former President John F. Kennedy) spoke with our students at length about the issues that matter to them, including:

 

  • Foreign Policy
  • Renewable Resources
  • Education
  • Student Loans

For the students, this visit was another way to understand the role of citizen advocacy and to demonstrate how one-on-one conversation with their elected representatives can affect public policy changes at the highest level. The discussion about foreign policy was especially interesting, as the Congressman had just returned from a trip to Afghanistan. The rug visible in the photograph was a gift to the Congressman from President Hamid Karzai. The students, who attend Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and the University of Iowa also spoke at length about the student loan interest rate, which is set to double to 6.8% on July 1st unless Congress passes H.R. 1595, or the Student Loan Relief Act of 2013.

 

Students who participated in this visit included:

 

[View photos of the event on our Flickr channel]


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